The New Arabs: How The Millennial Generation Is Changing The Middle East by Juan Cole. (Simon & Schuster) Focusing on Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, Cole chronicles the region’s social upheavals and the young citizens at the forefront of these movements. More tech-savvy and cosmopolitan than their predecessors, young Arabs are poised to influence global politics, Cole argues.
Amnesia by Peter Carey. (Vintage) After a computer virus infects the Australian and U.S. prison systems, freeing hundreds of felons, Felix Moore, a middle-aged leftist journalist, agrees to write the biography of the virus’s alleged creator. As Felix investigates the cybercrime, Carey’s novel touches on long-standing anti-U.S. sentiment in Australia and generational clashes among Australia’s radicals.
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story by Barbara Leaming. (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Griffin) Leaming, who also wrote a biography of Jacqueline Kennedy in 2001, revisits and updates her earlier conclusions, proposing here that the former first lady suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after witnessing her husband’s assassination.
Quartet For The End Of Time by Johanna Skibsrud. (Norton) In the early 1930s, thousands of World War I veterans demonstrated in Washington, calling for payment of service bonuses promised to them by the government. One, Arthur Sinclair, has traveled from Kansas with his son, and they meet two children of a well-connected politician before Arthur is wrongly accused of conspiracy. The novel follows the four characters’ diverging story lines amid the era’s social turbulence and through World War II.
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Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From An Addiction To Film by Patton Oswalt. (Scribner) The comedian recounts four years spent obsessively watching film classics shown at Los Angeles’ New Beverly Cinema as he carved out a career as a fledgling comic and eventual sitcom star. “Oswalt’s writing gives off the hallucinogenic shimmer of the true obsessive, packing all the sharpness and bite of his stand-up,” reviewer Tom Shone wrote.
The Marriage Recital by Katharine Grant. (Picador/Holt) Four newly rich patriarchs scheme to pair their daughters with aristocratic husbands in 1700s London. Grant’s novel, which was previously published as “Sedition,” follows this thwarted plan, as the young women’s music teacher seduces them, threatening their marriage prospects.
More Awesome Than Money: Four Boys, Three Years, And A Chronicle Of Ideals And Ambition In Silicon Valley by Jim Dwyer. (Penguin) Seeking an alternative to Facebook, four NYU undergrads designed a social media network that allowed users to have more control over their personal data. Dwyer, a New York Times journalist, first reported on the group early in their project’s development but here tells the full story.
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